Ag News

The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday. The new cooperative members are Bongards’ Creameries, Norwood, Minnesota; Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative, Cortland, New York; Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, and Oneida-Madison Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Sherrill, New York.  This brings NMPF membership to 31 cooperatives and more than 32,000 dairy producers. Newly elected to the NMPF board: Michael Doyle, president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA and Scot Meyer from Ellsworth Cooperative...
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Dairy Management Incorporated has entered into marketing partnerships with seven companies in a reformed effort to build fluid milk consumption.  The seven partners are Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.  DMI CEO Tom Gallagher says the seven companies have committed a combined $500 million to the effort over the next several years. http://cdn.brownfieldagnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/635thu-Gallagher.mp3  The post Milk moves to reclaim the beverage market appeared first on http://brownfieldagnews.com.      
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Dr. Cathy Sandeen has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and U.W. Extension.  Sandeen has been vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. since 2012.  Prior to that she served as dean of Continuing Education for UCLA Extension from 2006 to 2012. She holds a Ph.D in communication from the University of Utah, MBA in management from UCLA, master’s in broadcast communication from San Francisco State and a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Humboldt State University. Dr. Sandeen step into her new job on...
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Cash cheese barrels gained 5.5 cents and blocks increased 1.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday.  The 30-cent barrel-to-block spread of a week ago has shrunk to a nickel.  Butter gained 8 cents on 4 sales and Class III futures with some nice gains across the board. Holiday orders are increasing with more expected next week when those who buy on the monthly average price will jump in when we switch from the September average price to the October average price.   National Dairy Products Sales Report for the week ending October 25th: cheddar cheese blocks averaged $2.22...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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